Dursley Town Player/Manager Karl Nash has praised his side for how they have taken the challenges of stepping up a league in their stride and is looking for a big finish to the current campaign.
Nash played in his side’s 3-0 win at Brockworth Albion last weekend, which saw them advance into the Semi Final of the GFA Senior Amateur (North) Cup and the former Brimscombe & Thrupp man said the win against a good Brockworth side shows just how well his team have adapted to life in Division One of the GNSL.
“I’m very happy with the performance on Saturday, it’s never an easy game against Brockworth,” said Nash. “We knew we would be in for a battle, against a good side, so we had to add that into our game plan.
Credit to the lads, they worked hard from minute one until the final whistle, so that plus scoring three and keeping a clean sheet shows that we can defend well and defend well when we have to – because we have goals in the locker and we know that!
I’m very proud of the lads for reaching another Semi Final though, they don’t come around all of the time so you need to enjoy them! The lads are taking everything in their stride at the minute and they smell the gold on the finish line now – so we have to go and win it if we can!
Fairford Reserves will be tough, but we will do everything we can to go all the way,” Nash added.
Dursley, who were promoted into Division One over the summer, currently sit in 6th in the table and Nash admits that his side found it tough to adjust in the new division, but has praised his players for how they have applied themselves and says he is hoping they continue that application on Saturday, when they host Andoversford.
“League wise we were slow to get going,” Nash admitted. “We had to adjust to the league a little and I think we probably under estimated a few teams – myself included!
The lads have risen to the step up pretty well now as a collective, with some lads being 16 or 17 years old, so the oldies within the group are leading by example and the young lads are following suit – which is great to see.
It’s just about finding a balance now, which I think we have done. We know that you can’t always score on every occasion, which we have been used to in previous years. We always know that we can go to Plan B if Plan A doesn’t work – especially against Andoversford this weekend.
I don’t know a great deal about them as I missed the away fixture, but the lads know what I expect from them now. They set the standard with their previous performances having lost only one of the last nine, so I expect nothing less than three points this weekend,” said Nash.
Dursley still have 18 league games left this season and with his side now in the top half and with games in hand over some of the sides above them, Nash is calling on his side to finish the season strongly and whilst the top two are threatening to pull clear, Nash says his side aren’t too far away to compete.
“For the rest of the season we kind of want to see the season out now, giving it our best shot and to also give the best account of ourselves as possible.
Looking at the table Civi [Cheltenham Civil Service] and Berkeley look set to run away with it. I mean, if we can be the third best team in the league then I will be happy.
But we can still mix it with the top boys and we have shown that this season, so we aren’t a million miles away,” Nash added.
Dursley Town host Andoversford in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One on Saturday 22 January, kick off 14:00.